Services in Kirklees

We provide the following services to the people of Kirklees:

Karen Taylor, district director for Calderdale and Kirklees

Karen Taylor, district director for Calderdale and Kirklees

  • Mental health services
  • Learning disability services
  • Adult ADHD services

You can read all about these services in our service offer document.

We also run a number of services in partnership, with Kirklees Council as the lead provider.

Kirklees health issues

The health of people in Kirklees is generally worse than the England average. Deprivation is higher than average and about 18,000 children live in poverty. Life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average.

Life expectancy is 10.6 years lower for men and 7.6 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Kirklees than in the least deprived areas.

Over the last ten years, all cause mortality rates have fallen. Early death rates from cancer and from heart disease and stroke have fallen but remain worse than the England average.

About 19.1% of Year 6 children are classified as obese. The level of teenage pregnancy is worse than the England average.

Estimated levels of adult ‘healthy eating’, smoking and obesity are worse than the England average.

Rates of hip fractures, sexually transmitted infections and smoking related deaths are worse than the England average. The rate of hospital stays for alcohol related harm is better than the England average. The rates of violent crime and excess winter deaths are lower than average.

Priorities in Kirklees include healthy eating, emotional well-being (particularly of children) and smoking. For more information see the latest Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Kirklees

View the full Kirklees health profile (2012)

How our services respond to these challenges

Responding to meet the health and wellbeing needs of people in Kirklees is complex. We know that for some the picture is improving but for many it is not. We are using the findings from the Kirklees Joint Strategic Needs Assessment to target our services better at people in a way that reflects their level of need. This will support a reduction in the differences in health and wellbeing between groups of people and between different areas. This is not a quick fix but an ongoing, long term process which requires our partnership approach with commissioners, local organisations, local people, their families and their communities.

Joint strategic needs assessment

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) for Kirklees 2013 was launched in July. Within the Government’s reorganisation of the public sector, the JSNA is seen as the local foundation of priority setting, informing commissioning strategies and plans and helping local people to hold providers and commissioners to account. The JSNA builds on the information in the previous version published in 2011.

The main purpose of the JSNA is to help local organisations plan and deliver services to tackle these challenges effectively and efficiently. View the JSNA on Kirklees Council’s website.

Kirklees Single Point of Access

To help deliver high quality care and continue the development of secondary mental health services in Kirklees, a Single Point of Access (SPA) for all new referrals to working age adults and older people services is available.

The SPA provides streamlined access to services through a clear pathway. This system aims to reduce the number of referral routes and provide a consistent response to referrers – effectively a “one-stop shop”. The SPA operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Single Point of Access telephone number: 01924 284555